British Writings in 1930's

Ref: C2224428

After the ambition and euphoria of the high-modernist 1920s, most writers settled down to explore the new possibilities created by that era of experiment. In coming more closely to terms with their own time they addressed rising uncertainties and anxieties many of which remain with us today. These are perhaps the first writers of our own time, and we may see ourselves clearly reflected in their work.

Course aim

To explore the literature of the nineteen thirties in Britain, with an eye focused upon what our chosen texts contributed to the culture of their time, and what they continue to contribute to our time today

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for those who love reading, and seek growth and challenge through this activity.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • read and discuss challenging texts with increasing fluency
  • give an account of what concerns were shared by writers and readers in the UK in the 1930s
  • give an account of the relevance of our texts to today's reader

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Chosen texts are too long to read entirely in class, so there will be 'homework' reading on a regular basis

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to acquire our four set texts. These are: Evelyn Waugh: A Handful of Dust Elizabeth Bowen: The House in Paris T.S.Eliot: The Family Reunion Poetry of the Thirties (Penguin) Any edition of the texts specified is acceptable.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • No pre-reading of texts is required, but you may choose to read them before the course begins if you wish to do so.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • You should find yourself increasingly equipped to approach challenging literary texts on your own.

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British Writings in 1930's


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